Thursday, January 22, 2009

Where are the Catholic Novelists?

Having recently finished "Brideshead Revisited" I starting thinking about this question. Waugh was a convert, but Brideshead was first and foremost a theological novel. The novel is in many ways about the "twitch upon the thread" by which God recalls sinners to himself. Other great novelists also had their Catholicism reflected in their writings -- Chesterton, Greene, Flannery O'Connor. Even Betty Smith's novel "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" is very conscious of the Catholicism of its author.

Are their any Catholic writers today that fill this gap? I am told that the work of Mary Higgins Clark is informed by her faith, but I have never read her (I am not into thrillers). Obviously, there are novelists who are Catholic. But are there any Catholic novelists today?


Rodak said...

The short answer is: Yes. Check out Ron Hansen.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if you've discussed this yet, but your search for Catholic novelists begs the issue of how you define Catholic literature, or Catholic art, more generally. Is a Catholic novel simply one that addresses theological issues, has Christian imagery, or is it something broader?

Anthony said...


That is a good question. Maybe a little of everything. I mean, there are novelists who happen to be Catholic. But I am looking for novelists from whom the novel is in many ways refelctive of the Catholic faith.

I guess I will post about this soon